Interest Picks Up For Jones

Last week Jones helped led the Westchester Hawks to the semi-finals of the AAU Nationals. Since the event, Jones has heard from a bunch of schools and the interest is growing.

Mookie Jones feels a bit slighted. The 6-foot-6 combo forward slid under the radar for his first few years of high school, but has certainly proved his worth this summer playing with the Westchester Hawks.

"I think I deserve to be ranked in at least the top 50 in the country and I think I've been very underrated," Jones said. "I just have to get out there and prove myself. I think I belong up there with the top 50 in the country."

Jones, a standout at Peekskill (N.Y.) High, played majority of his minutes this summer on the wing. He's a versatile guy that is capable of posting up on the block or stepping out to 21-feet and knocking down jumpers.

"I played real good [this summer]," he continued. "I got a lot better and I wanted to prove to everybody that I can play with the top guys in the country and I think I proved that."

Since returning from the AAU Nationals, Jones' phone has been ringing off the hook. He's picked up interest from all over the country, however he said Syracuse, St. John's and Miami are among the schools showing the most interest.

"Every since we came back a lot of new schools have been calling," Jones, who has also heard from Rutgers, DePaul, Virginia Tech, Louisville, Villanova and West Virginia, said. "I get a lot of calls every week."

The plan is to narrow his list in September and then begin taking official visits when school starts. He mentioned Syracuse and Miami, as schools that would definitely get visits.

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